Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) pointed to the fact that Republicans refuse to hold a hearing or put the bill before a committee after accusing Democrats of trying to rush Obamacare through the legislative process.
Liberal activists have been urging Schumer and other Senate Democrats to adopt the last-ditch strategy for weeks.
In a letter, Democrats provided some Senate Republican leaders with a list of all 31 potential Senate rooms “to assist” Republicans in scheduling a hearing.
Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) said that the Senate bill is almost identical to the bill that passed through the House, which President Donald Trump reportedly called “mean, mean, mean” during a meeting with Republican Senators last week.
CNN reporter MJ Lee just exposed the sham that is the Senate Republican health care bill.
The move by Democrats to slow Senate business will not impact consideration of President Trump’s nominee to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, who is expected to be confirmed Tuesday, according to a Senate Democratic aide.
Asked to comment, a spokesman for Republican Majority leader Mitch McConnell said only that the Senate meant to vote on nominees for Trump administration positions in the coming days.
Several senators took turns standing and requesting that the Republican healthcare bill be referred to committee for hearings and calling for the draft text to be published. Democrats have even suggested a scenario in which Senate debate begins on a preliminary version of the GOP measure and McConnell offers the final package as a late amendment, giving Democrats little or no time to criticize it.
“Democrats for MONTHS have stated they have no interest in working with Republicans on fixing Obamacare”, Michael Reed, the Republican National Committee’s research director and deputy communications director, wrote in a statement.
The Republicans are determined to roll back the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
What’s more, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the House health care bill would result in 23 million fewer people with insurance in a decade, and it would leave many sicker and older Americans with much higher costs. That was nearly four weeks of time on the Senate floor, as Democrats massaged the details of the measure (and came up with changes like the Cornhusker Kickback).
“We believe we can and must do better than Obamacare’s status quo”, he said.
And not only have the Republicans been crafting this massive piece of legislation in total secrecy, but the uncertainty surrounding their efforts have wreaked havoc on the health care system already in place.
Donald Trump and Republicans now own health care, and they ae likely to pay a severe price for it going into the 2018 midterm elections. For his part, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is defending the closed health care talks.